A life update about our first married holiday season.
Let me start off by saying, HAPPY NEW YEAR! I hope 2017 is off to a great start for each and every one of you. 2016 for me was full of love, laughter, and happily ever after–so I can’t wait to see what 2017 will bring.
The holiday season was even more exciting than usual since it was our first married Christmas together! We got to decorate our first tree together, spend time with both our families and reflect on what a great year we’ve had together.
I wrote a post on decorating for the holidays in small spaces, so check that out to get ahead for ideas for next Christmas!
Since Zack and I are newlyweds, we’re still trying to figure out the best way to spend the holidays with our families. This year we decided to do Thanksgiving at this parents house since they live close to us. Then for Christmas, we spent Christmas Eve with his side of the family, drove Christmas day to my parent’s house and spent a few days with them! That worked out well for us, but we’ll have to wait and see what plans we come up with for this year.
One tradition that may stick for us is opening presents to each other on Christmas Eve. That way we have that time for ourselves. Although it is always exciting to open up gifts in front of the whole family to see everybody’s reactions…! Another tradition I hope to continue is baking and decorating festive cookies. They were dairy-free and eggless, of course, and a huge hit!!
This year we were blessed with many great gifts, but there’s one that I particularly want to blog about… That is our new AeroGarden!!! If you haven’t heard of this awesome indoor garden, go Google it now! A friend of my parents had one in their home and when I saw it, I was in love. You can grow herbs, vegetables, and flowers indoors! I didn’t even ask for this since it tends to be kinda pricey, but apparently, that’s what Black Friday is for haha! SO VERY THANKFUL!
We planted the Gourmet Herb Seed Kit, which includes Genovese Basil, Thai Basil, Curly Parsley, Thyme, Mint, and Dill. According to their website, most plants germinate within a week or two and are ready for harvesting in 4-6 weeks. More so, they continue to harvest for 6 months and longer!
So far our indoor garden has been so much fun and (almost) more importantly it’s easy peasy! All you do is insert the pods, add water and liquid nutrients, then wait. The machine will let you know when it’s time to add more water or nutrients. I look forward to documenting my indoor gardening journey from germination to harvesting and cooking with fresh herbs. The hubby and I really want to try their Salsa Garden Seed Kit since we love the idea of creating our own truly homemade salsa with fresh red heirloom cherry tomatoes and jalapeño peppers!